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Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Posted on: August 5, 2011 11:21 am
 
Alex RodriguezBy C. Trent Rosecrans

You know that story about the illegal poker game with cocaine, celebrities, fights and Alex Rodriguez? It's a great story, but someone at the game said it all happened -- except for the A-Rod part.

Professional poker player Dan Bilzerian -- who was at that game in Beverly Hills and was the named source in the Star Magazine story fingering A-Rod -- told the New York Daily News that Rodriguez wasn't there.

"A-Rod was not at that game," Bilzerian told the Daily News. "It's ridiculous."

He added he remembered the game in November of 2009 at Cody Leibel's house, because he was "stiffed." 

"He wasn't there, I'm telling you," Bilzerian said. "He was playing in the World Series at the time."

The 2009 World Series had three games -- Games 4, 5 and 6 -- in the month of November, with the Yankees winning the title on Nov. 4 at Yankee Stadium.

The second source in the Star Magazine report told the Daily News that he wasn't at the 2009 party, but knows a guy who had been at an "illegal house game" with Rodriguez.

"I never played with him in a home game, but I know [someone who] witnessed him at one. It was an illegal house game," the source told the newspaper, who requested anonymity and didn't "want to get A-Rod in trouble."

On Thursday, Rodriguez's publicist said there were "numerous factual inaccuracies" in Star Magazine's report. 

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kato
Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 4:38 pm
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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

diablows, when you compare a professional athlete to Alex the janitor, you're comparing apples and oranges.

Here's the problem for Rodriguez.  He was explicitly told by MLB to stay away from the underground/home poker games.  Gambling for any Major League ballplayer is against the rules -- whether the form of gambling is legal or not.  Now does MLB look the other way during Spring Training when every player has a bracket or two for the NCAA tournament -- yes, they do.  But that is players only and stays inside the clubhouse.  When players like Rodriguez play in underground cash poker games, they open themselves up to others who gamble and would think nothing of asking players to do things against the game to pay off debts.  Some of the stories connecting Rodriguez to poker games mention buy-ins of hundreds of thousands of dollars.  When there's that much money on the table, there's bound to be trouble sooner or later.  If he's playing in a game at the Palms or Caesars, MLB probably lets it slide because the game is controlled.  Underground games like the ones Rodriguez has been connected to are bad news for professional athletes.

Your sarcasm about employers having the right to regulate every part of an employee's life is just crap.  The lives of professional athletes don't compare in any way, shape, or form to that of average working people.  You can't draw a parallel-- don't bother.  Professional athletes live by different rules and expectations that the rest of us don't have to deal with.  Every pro sports league bans gambling for its players and sticks by its guns when its done outside the locker room or clubhouse.  As long as it stays there, the leagues look the other way.  But when high profile players worth millions of dollars start dabbling in underground games, they get crushed.  If it is proven that Rodriguez has played at one of these underground games recently, after being told not to by MLB, he will get his tail handed to him and a suspension will happen.  Notice I'm saying if this happened.  I'm not convicting him, I'm simply stating what will happen if the connection is made.



Since: Apr 5, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2011 4:26 pm
 

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

A"s 1 inch rod = dork with an obsession for the yankees 



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 4:18 pm
 

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Who the hell cares about this story, 8 zillion people play so called illegal poker all the time, big fu**kin deal



Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2011 4:04 pm
 

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

A-Roid was at the pokehim game with Jeter.



Since: Apr 18, 2007
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:40 pm
 

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Why is this news worthy?  Who cares???  He's not betting on baseball so STFU!!



Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:17 pm
 

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Dear Sports Media, can we keep Alex out of the daily rotation of what he eat, breathes, sleeps- I believe all sports fans are tired of hearing about your daily blurbs about Lebron, Tiger, and Farve- lord knows we don't need to hear about the 4th Musketeer... no disrespect Dartanion   



kato
Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:03 pm
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Since: Jul 29, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Yipee! He wasn't there! Can't wait to hear about whether he showed up or not to a restaurant with Lady Gaga hand in hand...!



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Report: A-Rod wasn't at poker game

Alex Rodriguez and Tiger Woods sell stories. Which is why it seems that every story about bad behavior must include them. If it doesn't many people would not pay any interest. These are the same fools who stop and look at major carwrecks and go "wow...that's is so cool. I wish I could have seen it firsthand".


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